five classic muscle cars from the height of the pony-car era are about to look good standing perfectly still on a postage stamp. the u.s. postal service is bringing the five performance cars to philatelists across the country next month.
the five models featured on the new forever stamps include the 1969 ford mustang boss 302, the 1969 chevrolet camaro z/28, the 1969 amc javelin sst, the 1970 dodge challenger r/t, and the 1967 mercury cougar xr-7 gt.
the usps said this new stamp series is intended to highlight the "youthful spirit" that these cars brought to the automotive world between 1964 and the energy crisis of the 1970s. by the end of that decade, pony cars had become cultural icons and, as these stamps prove, they remain popular today.
the pony-car era might be long gone, but some of that spirit survives today. we, for one, never tire of a good camaro vs. challenger vs. mustang comparison test, as we did in 2020.
the usps has a history of highlighting american cars from previous eras on its stamps. in 2013, the usps worked with nascar driver richard petty to promote five limited-edition muscle-car stamps. the cars on those stamps included the 1966 pontiac gto, the 1967 shelby gt500, the 1969 dodge charger daytona, the 1970 plymouth hemi 'cuda, and the 1970 chevrolet chevelle ss.
the usps has also issued stamps featuring vehicles from the 1950s, including a set of five "sporty cars" and another five that emphasized "fins and chrome," including the 1957 studebaker golden hawk and the 1959 cadillac eldorado.
earlier this month, the price of a forever stamp went up by two pennies to 60 cents. any uncanceled forever stamp can be used to mail a one-ounce letter, no matter when and at what price they were purchased.
the usps will hold a first-day-of-issue celebration for the pony cars forever stamps at the great american stamp show in sacramento, california, on august 25. if you’re interested in attending, you can rsvp for the free event at the usps website.